The developments in copyright and online books are well decribed in last week’s Irish Times by Karlin Lillington. We seem to be well down the road towards having access to all books in online format via Google – except where authors specifically exclude their books from being available online.
Perhaps this is a good thing – and will increase global learning?
Seems to me that this is destined to change, forever, the book and publishing industry. Online book shops – e.g. Amazon – have already had a major impact on the industry e.g. on local bookshops.
I have commented previously on the challenges faced by the newspaper industry. This is going to drive more change in the book industry -regardless of any revenue sharing models.